On Tuesday, Ty Law was celebrating the birth of his baby daughter. Four days later, Law was celebrating his first practice in a Broncos uniform.
The Broncos announced the signing of the 15th-year veteran cornerback on Saturday — 48 hours before Monday night’s kickoff against the Steelers.
Despite the quick turnaround, Law expects to be out there competing with his new teammates on the national stage at INVESCO Field at Mile High.
“Of course (in) a limited fashion, but I did it last year so I think everybody is expecting the same thing,” Law said. “When I signed one day before we played the Patriots when I was in New York, I came out and played 57 plays. But I don’t know. I’m just going to kind of wing it and go out there and do the best that I can.”
Much of the Denver draw for Law came from his familiarity with Head Coach Josh McDaniels. The duo was first united with the Patriots during the 2001 season, when McDaniels was hired as a personnel assistant/coaching assistant.
For the next four years, Law and McDaniels were part of three Super Bowl championship teams. In turn, McDaniels said the move to acquire Law was motivated by an inherent desire to find angles that can help the Broncos improve their roster.
“(It was) just a thing where we felt like he could come in and help us in more than one way (and) give us some depth at corner,” he said. “He has played, obviously, a long time in this league. He knows how to play inside (and) outside. He is in good shape and is ready to go.”
Another factor that made Denver a lucrative place for Law to sign was the presence of several other accomplished veterans in the secondary — Champ Bailey, Brian Dawkins, Andre’ Goodman and Renaldo Hill.
With three Super Bowl rings already to his credit, Law is prepared to do everything to reach that same height this season.
“They are a bunch of guys out there hungry to get a championship, and that is what I am looking for right now – to try and capture another championship before I shut it down for good.”
There was one Saturday change to the Broncos’ Week 9 Injury Report. After limited participation in Friday’s practice, Josh Barrett (hamstring) was a full participant in Saturday’s session. He is listed as probable for Monday night’s game with the Steelers.
Previously listed on the report, Jack Williams (illness) was waived on Saturday to make room for Law on the roster.
On the Steelers side, Ryan Clark (illness) was added to their report. He is questionable for Monday night’s game.
Here are some photos of the newest Bronco and others at the start of Saturday’s practice.
– Chris Gentilviso, DenverBroncos.com